I was wrong last week when I tried to steer people away from the fear and into the positive.
People are afraid. Period.
When fear blocks the ear canals or eyeballs, little else can get in.
So we need to address the fear and move from there.
I notice how courteous business letters from companies (temporarily) closing down when probably they want to throw in a few expletives.
So, I suspect there is some anger present.
People are losing revenue, closing their business, restaurants, theaters, sports events. Wow. I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. I’m just wondering how people are dealing with it. And how is it isolating yourself?
How are you doing?
Isn’t it great that we can talk behind the computer without fear of contaminating each other?
If we were walking through the jungle, we would be on the look-out for snakes, and beasts that could harm us. They are visible if we are sharp enough to spot them. This virus, however, is hiding under the cloak of invisibility. No wonder we’re afraid. So, we wash our hands, some wear masks–that doesn’t help unless you have the virus—and we keep a distance from people.
Look at the people around you.
Take advantage of the resourcefulness of restaurants that are providing carry-out services. Daughter Dear said The Olive Garden had a bell-hop come to the car and take her order, then bring it out.
This morning I stopped by the nutrition store in Eugene and found that they had set up a table outside their two doors. You stand outside and a very nice masked person will answer the door, find your product, and serve you.
Caz of Y-Travelblog.com said their family is staying home, but they leave their draperies open for the sunlight and see people walking, playing, riding their bikes on the street. They are keeping social distance, but waving friendly like. It reminded her of her childhood.
I feel blessed that I lived to see this spring.
It is reassuring to see that while some people are in panic mode, nature is thriving. Flowers are a poppin’ and the grass is green. One morning the flowers on this little Clematis over our front arbor was crispy with frost. I thought they were frozen. But look at them now. They apparently suffered no ill effects.
I’m hoping the same for you.
Love and hugs, and all good wishes.
P.S. I’m still posting on Aloha Revisited—all good news, pictures, nothing to buy, just wishing you well. Give a little clickity click.
The following post from the Eugene Weston Price Chapter is the sanest I have seen. I’m posting their content with permission and giving the link to their site.
Eugene Chapter response to COVID-19
I have been thinking long and hard about: “What should the Eugene Chapter’s response be to COVID-19?”
The short answer is that our upcoming meetings will be held online (see more about Zoom meetings below).
- March 19: Zoom Test Meeting
- March 20: Zoom meeting – Planning Session
- March 27: Zoom meeting – DVD – Protection Against Flu
I have several thoughts, about what to do. First of all focus on nutrient-dense foods. The Wise Traditions principles are perfectly suited for improving resistance to Coronavirus (or any virus):
- Vitamin A-rich foods: Vitamin A is our number one protection against viruses. So take your cod liver oil, one that contains natural vitamin A and eat liver about once a week.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D works with vitamin A to give us a strong immune system. Best sources are cod liver oil, egg yolks from pastured hens, butter from grass-fed cows, fish eggs and lard from pigs raised outdoors.
- Coconut Oil: The coronavirus is a lipid-coated virus that pegs out in the presence of medium-chain triglycerides–and coconut oil is our best source of these healthy fats.
- Gelatin-rich bone broth: Supports the immune system and helps us detoxify.
- Vitamin C: Your best source is fermented veggies like sauerkraut–there is ten times more vitamin C in sauerkraut than in fresh cabbage!
- Saturated Fats: coronavirus has an affinity for the lungs, and the lungs can’t work without saturated fats, so eat plenty of butter and avoid all industrial fats and oils.
- Raw Milk: Raw whole milk from pastured cows contains many compounds that strengthen the immune system.
From Sally Fallon-Morell: How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus (Or Any Virus)
I also think it is important to remember that in any epidemic there is a segment of the population who is exposed but never manifests symptoms of the disease. There will be some people who get mildly sick and wonder what all the fuss is about. Then there are people who get seriously ill and a few who die. I believe it is our job to try to be in one of the first two categories rather than the last. Unlike most of the messages in the news right now, at the Weston Price Foundation we believe that how your body responds to a virus is not simply chance, but is based on your overall health and nutrient status. This is good news because that means there is something you can do to protect yourself!
Americans have more chronic disease and worse health than other nations (and consume more junk food than any other country and yes, I believe there is a causal relationship between the two), but YOU are not average. Even if you are new to this way of eating, the fact that you are here shows that you have more knowledge about the connection between nutrition and health than 99% of Americans. And even though we are not meeting in person right now, I would trust hanging out with our local chapter over any other random group of people in America.
So you can choose to whine about how you don’t like the taste of cod liver oil, complain that making bone broth is so time-consuming, hide out in a bunker, sanitizing everything, and live in fear believing there is nothing you can do to improve your resistance to disease or you can take control of your health.
I also recommend learning about homeopathy. Homeopaths have been treating and preventing flu for over two centuries. Joette Calabrese recommends Ignatia 200C to combat the Ferocious Flu Fears and Gelsemium 30 or other remedies to prevent or treat the disease.
I do have concerns about what this panic is going to do to our society. I know that when people make decisions out of fear, they are usually not good decisions. So I urge you to avoid TV and other media if it contributes to your fear, and take time to do some sort of calming practice, whether it is meditation, mindfulness, prayer, earthing, artwork, spending time in nature or anything else that helps you remain sane.
I also worry that this fear will lead to more social isolation in a time when we are already more disconnected than ever before. The Eugene Chapter will remain available to you for resources and I’ll keep coming up with ideas on how to strengthen our local WAPF community!
So here are my recommendations:
- Eat nutrient-dense foods from the above list.
- Take your cod liver oil whether you like it or not.
- Find ways to stay calm and centered.
- Be kind to each other and help each other.
- Be prepared to take care of yourself but ask for help if you need it.
- Learn about homeopathy.
- Keep connected with community.
I think these are good tips at any time.
And just to be clear, this is meant to be in addition to other precautions you are taking, not instead of. I always think it is wise to have a store of food and supplies for any type of emergency. I assume you’ve all already heard the advice to wash your hands, minimize contact with others and stay home as much as possible, you don’t need me to reiterate those instructions. I do think this is a good time to stay home and make sauerkraut and bone broth! Contact me if you need help. We will cover these topics in future meetings.